Modimolle SAPS Station Commander Colonel Louisa Harmse receives a memorandum from Councillor Rufus Mahoro, flanked by Alfred Maremane (left), Simon Moselana and Hendrick Malatji (far right). Photo: Mzamane Ringane

Car theft frenzy

 
 
 

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Authorities at the Modimolle Magistrate’s Court had their hands full on Monday 7 May, when six suspects appeared in relation to cases of alleged car theft. 

Magistrate Nkateko Maluleke had to adjourn proceedings for a few minutes, since the gallery was packed to the rafters, with many others standing inside the courtroom. 

Members of the public were ordered to go outside, so as to restore order by allowing only a restricted number of people inside the courtroom.

The court then proceeded, with the cases later being postponed to 15 May for the profiling of the suspects.

The suspects were arrested over the weekend. 

The BEAT could not at this stage, confirm whether the cases related to the recent motor car theft which has been tormenting Phagameng residents in Modimolle. 

Police in Modimolle have recently warned residents to take precautionary measures to avoid falling victim to this threat.

Modimolle SAPS spokesperson James Findlay told The Beat’s sister publication, Die Pos/The Post that there was an increasing number of car theft cases in Modimolle, especially in the Phagameng Township. 

He warned at the time that old model Isuzu bakkies and Toyota vehicles were the most targeted.

Later on the day of the court appearance of the six suspects, concerned members of the community handed over a memorandum of grievances to the station commander Colonel Louisa Harmse. 

Among the grievances, was the rising criminal activities ranging from residential burglaries and stealing of vehicles. 

The concerned residents decried that albeit reporting of these issues by residents, the police were not taking sufficient steps to keep the complainants in the loop on progress made in relation to their cases.

Ward 8 Councillor Rufus Mahoro said the community held a successful meeting on Sunday 6 May, to address some of the challenges. 

As a resolution to some of the challenges, the community agreed to unite and establish block committees to deal with these issues, which included residential crimes.

10 days ago       10 May 2018